Showing posts with label Giridhara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Giridhara. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Giridhara?

 (“mountain-lifter”) A young and heroic avatar of the deity Krishna in Hindu mythology.

Krishna witnesses the village elders making annual gifts to Indra, the god of the storm, as a small boy, according to the narrative.

Krishna persuades the elders that instead of giving gifts to Indra, who is too far away in heaven to be of any use to them, they should instead make offerings to Mount Govardhan.

Because Krishna's followers (bhakta) see this mountain as another incarnation of Krishna, he is really urging the elders to give gifts to him.

When Indra discovers what has transpired, he becomes enraged and summons a terrible storm that threatens to sweep the hamlet away and wipe off all of its residents.

To safeguard the peasants and their animals from damage, Krishna raises Mount Govardhan and holds it like an umbrella over their heads, shielding them from the rain.

Indra concedes defeat after seven days, and Krishna emerges as the village's hero.

The elder Vedic deities are gradually being eclipsed in this narrative.

Krishna as Giridhara is a popular god in Rajasthan, and is especially revered as the "selected deity" (ishtadevata) of poet-saint Mirabai. 

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